When you live in La Grange, Kentucky, you want confidence that your air conditioner will work reliably to keep your home comfortable throughout the summer. Will your air conditioner be up to the task? From increases in energy bills to poor indoor air quality, look for several signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner.
Your Home Utility Bills Keep Increasing
You can expect some increases in utility bills during the summer when you’re using your air conditioner. However, if you find that your utility bills always seem to be rising, your air conditioner probably isn’t operating efficiently.
Investing in a new home cooling system can give you several benefits. New air conditioning systems offer the latest technology that promotes enhanced operating efficiency. When you’re looking for a new air conditioning system, consider one with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) value of at least 15. Some air conditioners have SEER values as high as 22. With an energy-efficient air conditioner, you can enjoy lower utility bills and improve your home comfort.
Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality Is Poor
In addition to maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home, your air conditioning system helps to control your home’s indoor air quality. High humidity and stale air are two indicators that your home’s indoor air quality is poor.
Air conditioners are designed to moderate your home’s humidity level during the system’s normal operation. To keep your home feeling comfortable, we may recommend investing in an add-on component for your air conditioning system, such as a whole-home dehumidifier. Add-on components like a whole-home dehumidifier can help your air conditioning system operate more efficiently while creating the best indoor air quality possible.
Your Air Conditioner Is More Than 10 Years Old
Your air conditioner’s age is an indicator that it’s time for a replacement. We generally recommend starting to think about a replacement air conditioning system when your current air conditioner is 10 years old. In general, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is about 10 to 15 years. Once an air conditioner is 15 years and older, it starts to lose its operating efficiency, requires constant repairs, and is prone to more frequent breakdowns.
If you don’t have the original owner’s manual for your air conditioning system and you don’t know how old the system is, try looking for the manufacturer’s information on the back or side of the unit. You should find either a manufacturing date or a product serial number. Call us and we’ll help you track down the information you need so that we can identify the age of your unit.
Parts of Your Home Are Uncomfortable
Your air conditioner should cool your entire house and make every room in your home feel comfortable. If you’ve noticed that some rooms in your home or parts of your house don’t feel cool enough during the summer, your air conditioner may not be cooling your home as well as it should.
For upgraded home comfort, we recommend the Trane XV20i TruComfort Variable Speed air conditioner. It cools your home with precision to keep you comfortable both day and night. By maintaining an exact temperature throughout your house, this air conditioner will help you and your family stay cool throughout the summer months in Kentucky.
You’re Making Home Improvements
If you’re planning to make home improvements such as finishing your basement or putting an addition to your home, your current air conditioner may not be able to keep up with the added cooling demands placed on it. To ensure that your new air conditioner can cool your home properly, our HVAC professionals can perform a load calculation. This calculation will determine the ideal size for your new air conditioner and ensure that your replacement air conditioner will cool each room of your home.
If you’re ready to replace your air conditioner or you need a new air conditioning system installed, our team is here to help. Call Birkhead Co. today at 502-495-3505.
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